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League One weekend preview: Big two clash in top-of-the-table thriller

It's crunch time in League One when the top two, Sheffield Wednesday and Plymouth, meet in the game of the day on Saturday.

Victory for Wednesday will see them leapfrog Argyle, who in turn would go six points clear if they can become just the second away side to win at Hillsborough. 

There are more big games at both ends of the table, including Fergie versus Fergie in what is sure to be a feisty affair at Forest Green.

Wednesday eying up top spot ahead of Hillsborough crunch

WhatSheff Wed v Plymouth
WhereHillsborough, Sheffield
When15:00, Saturday 4th February
How to watchN/A
OddsSheff Wed 7/10, Draw 14/5, Plymouth 4/1

Second-placed Sheffield Wednesday at home to leaders Plymouth tops the bill in League One with the Owls rated 7/10 shots. 

Wednesday, who are also the title favourites at 1/1 despite being three points behind an Argyle side who simply refuse to blink under the pressure, have won five in a row at home and are unbeaten in the division since 4th October. 

And the last team to beat them in the league? Yes, you've guessed it, Plymouth Argyle, who prevailed 2-1 at Home Park thanks to Sam Cosgrove's 90th minute winner. 

Argyle are themselves unbeaten in two months and having drawn within the last month at both Bolton and Ipswich they'll be confident they can avoid defeat at Hillsborough. 

Key playmakers, Wednesday's Barry Bannan and Argyle's Finn Azaz, are fit after lay-offs and since nine Owls' games have produced one goal or less, and with the stakes so high, this could be tense. 

The Draw or Plymouth double chance at 11/10 does seem to stand out. 

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Can blunt U's trouble Tractor Boys

WhatCambridge Utd v Ipswich
WhereAbbey Stadium, Cambridge
When15:00, Saturday 4th February
How to watchN/A
OddsCambridge Utd 13/2, Draw 15/4, Ipswich 2/5

Ipswich fans will be pleased that at least one of the two teams above them is going to drop points and odds-setters have no doubt that, at 2/5 to win at Cambridge, they won't be slipping up. 

Interestingly, U's boss Mark Bonner says Cambridge are far stronger at the end of the window than they had been at the turn of the year. 

Yet no wins since Boxing Day tells its own story and the league's joint lowest scorers have failed to find the net 13 times so far. 

The Ipswich/Both teams not to score at 6/5 clearly has its merits. Ipswich have only twice failed to score on their travels this season and if there's one crumb of hope for Cambridge, it's that one of those failures was at the Abbey Stadium in the Football League Trophy back in October, a match the hosts won 1-0. 

It’s Fergie time at the New Lawn

WhatForest Green v Peterborough
WhereThe New Lawn, Nailsworth
When15:00, Saturday 4th February
How to watchN/A
OddsForest Green 16/5, Draw 14/5, Peterborough 5/6

The only team below Cambridge in the table are Forest Green, now four points adrift and 1/6 to be relegated. 

They were without a win in seven before recruiting ex-Everton head coach Duncan Ferguson and it's now no wins in eight after the Scot's first match ended in a 2-1 loss at Shrewsbury. 

But he won't be the only Fergie on parade at the New Lawn. They'll be needing a piper as the bosses walk out with fellow Scot Darren Ferguson, son of Sir Alex, back at the helm at Peterborough. 

And with two wins out of two thus far, it looks like Posh's favourite adopted son has lost none of that magic touch. 

Jonson Clarke-Harris scored both in Peterborough's 2-1 win over Portsmouth last time out and the division's leading marksman is 7/2 to net the opener in Nailsworth. 

Home sick Pompey need Fratton fillip against Tykes

WhatPortsmouth v Barnsley
WhereFratton Park, Portsmouth
When15:00, Saturday 4th February
How to watchN/A
OddsPortsmouth 7/5, Draw 5/2, Barnsley 15/8

Pompey have rolled the dice bringing in John Mousinho with mixed results thus far. 

They are still 11th in the table, 20/1 for promotion, but those odds will shorten if they can see off Barnsley, the side currently occupying sixth spot. 

Portsmouth's Achilles heel has been their home form which has to improve. 

'Fortress Fratton' is anything but, a venue where the ex-Premier League side have won just four times in the league which should encourage 15/8 shots Barnsley just three days after they went to Oxford and won 2-1. 

Elsewhere, keep an eye on Burton at 5/2 at Fleetwood. The Brewers won in their last outing, beating Oxford 2-0, and have undergone a serious overhaul during the winter window.

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